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Rewriting Jane Austen: when old meets new

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Introductory LevelDuration 5 minsUpdated 29 Oct 2013
Joanna Trollope’s Sense and Sensibility is a modern take on Jane Austen’s classic novel. But how close to the original is she?

Can corpus linguistics help with branding?

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Introductory LevelDuration 5 minsUpdated 18 Sep 2013
Having trouble naming your company? Corpus analysis might be able to help.

European Day of Languages Quiz

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Duration 5 minsUpdated 20 Aug 2013
Are there more sheep in Wales than humans? Test your language and culture knowledge to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September).

Bringing out the bad guy with Star Trek

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Introductory LevelUpdated 22 May 2013
How does “soft” science fiction like Star Trek offer new ways to explore old questions about who we are and what made us that way?

European Day of Languages Quiz

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Introductory LevelDuration 5 minsUpdated 04 Sep 2012
Learn your ‘ti’ from your ‘cha’ with this quiz on different languages to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September)

Charles Dickens: Celebrity Author

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Introductory LevelDuration 1 hour 15 minsUpdated 03 Feb 2012
Charles Dickens was not only the most famous writer of his day, but, during the second half of his career, also a prominent public figure known…

‘Write’ life for the New Year

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Introductory LevelDuration 5 minsUpdated 03 Jan 2012
If one of your New Year resolutions was to write that elusive novel, get a helping hand with these useful links below

National Poetry Day

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Introductory LevelDuration 5 minsUpdated 06 Oct 2011
Get your quills at the ready and your thesaurus on standby for this collection of articles exploring the magical world of poetry on National Poetry…

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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Introductory LevelDuration 15 minsUpdated 23 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive…

Iain Banks talks writing, world events and Mastermind

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Introductory LevelDuration 45 minsUpdated 27 Jan 2011
Author Iain Banks talks to the OU’s Derek Neale about the digitisation of books, his writing process, the impact of world events on his work and…

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Communication, management and your own context

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Advanced LevelDuration 8 hoursUpdated 17 Oct 2013
In management the ability to communicate clearly and confidently is of key importance. This unit looks at the role of language in management…

English in the world today

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Introductory LevelDuration 8 hoursUpdated 17 Oct 2013
How did English become the global force it is today? This unit explores the state and status of English in the world. It looks at the diversity of…

Business English: Researching a new location

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Intermediate LevelDuration 5 hoursUpdated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the…

Business English: Making decisions

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Intermediate LevelDuration 5 hoursUpdated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the…

Business English: Presenting the decision

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Intermediate LevelDuration 5 hoursUpdated 27 Jul 2011
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the…

How to be a critical reader

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Intermediate LevelDuration 7 hoursUpdated 11 Jul 2011
In this unit you will focus on how to be a critical reader. Reading critically is an essential skill at university. It means being aware of your…

Languages at Work

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Introductory LevelDuration 6 hoursUpdated 01 Jul 2011
All of us in our working lives increasingly need to work with people from other cultures or those whose native language is foreign, or we may have…

Summarising text

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Introductory LevelDuration 1 hourUpdated 12 May 2011
In this unit you will learn how to summarise. Summarising is useful both when completing assignments and while studying.

Paraphrasing text

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Intermediate LevelDuration 1 hourUpdated 10 May 2011
In this unit you will focus on paraphrasing text. This is really a process of turning what you are reading into ‘your own words’, which is an…